Thursday, August 31, 2006

Second C-17 Arrives at Travis

Second C-17 Arrives at Travis
By Reporter Staff

Travis Air Force Base welcomed its second C-17 aircraft Wednesday.
Welcomed by Brigadier Gen. Charles E. Reed Jr., from Air Mobility Command headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, the aircraft is one of 13 C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes scheduled for delivery to Travis.

The C-17 is the Air Force's premier airlifter. Travis' fleet of 13 will make up one third of the base's three weapon systems, which include the C-17, KC-10 refuelers and the C-5 cargo planes.

The C-17 is currently engaged as one of the principal sources of resupply for U.S. Central Command forces in Iraq and the Middle East region.

It is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operation bases or directly to forward bases in a deployment area. The aircraft is capable of performing tactical and airdrop missions.

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